Whether you’re in a new city, driving through unknown territory in your cheap car hire to find a nearby place to eat, or in your own hometown and simply trying to pick a place for dinner that night, there are many smart phone apps that can help you find just what you’re looking for.
Thanks to these apps, you’ll be able to view the many restaurants nearby, as well as things like menu prices, traveler reviews, full-color photos of entrees. And best of all, they’re free! Check out our top picks for restaurant finder apps:
Cost varies by provider
Created by the popular restaurant website with the same name, the LocalEats app points out just what you’d expect – local restaurants with no mention of national chains. You can choose to search by city or the app can locate you using your current location and pull up a list of restaurants nearby. Then, you can filter by “best of,” neighborhoods, and types of cuisine. After selecting a restaurant, you can view the venue’s location, price range, website, and more. The app is $2.99 for Blackberry, $0.99 for iPhone, and free for Android users.
Urbanspoon is a great app to use when you’re hungry, but just don’t know what you’re in the mood for. Simply shake your phone and a random restaurant recommendation will pop up. Or, you can set certain preferences like cuisine type and budget to narrow down your results. After choosing your restaurant, you can view photos, operating hours, contact information, and reviews. Urbanspoon is a free app available for the iPhone, Android, and Blackberry.
One of the most popular review sites on the market, Yelp makes a great addition to your smart phone as well. The app creates restaurant recommendations based on your location and you can view them on a list or map where you can click and zoom in on certain areas. For each restaurant you’ll find reviews, quick tips, contact information, and directions to the restaurant. Yelp mobile is available for nearly all smart phones – or you can access it by visiting m.yelp.com.
OpenTable is great for getting a reservation at a restaurant in your area. You can search by category and name – and after you find a place you want to dine, can make reservations, view menus, and get directions. The app also lets you earn dining points that can be used when eating at OpenTable restaurants.
Next time you’re looking for a fun night out, download one of these four restaurant apps to help you find a delicious, affordable meal.